A Closer Look at Nat Hab's Alaska Bear Camp
Lake Clark National Park, Alaska
Nat Hab's Bear Camp is a sustainable base for exploring Alaska's most pristine coastal grizzly bear habitat, providing wilderness accommodations that are low on impact yet high on comfort. Our secluded, private, fly-in camp is set amongst the best that coastal Alaska has to offer.
Views of glacier-covered volcanoes, sapphire waters out front, and season-long food sources that draw massive coastal brown bears to our doorstep all conspire to provide our guests with an unforgettable nature experience.
Built on a historic homestead on the ancestral land of the Dena'ina people, the parcel was grandfathered in to remain private when Lake Clark National Park was established in 1980. Surrounded entirely by the park today, it offers immersive brown bear encounters for Nat Hab guests alone.
The camp sits lightly on the land. The camouflaged bear viewing platforms have also been in place for so many years that these don’t disturb the bears either. Both we and the bears remain safe because we all know what to expect from each other.
The camp is designed for an unobtrusive presence among the bears, with tent cabins erected on a raised deck in front of the forest, facing the Cook Inlet shoreline. These custom heavy-duty WeatherPort tents offer solid protection against the elements. Each has battery-powered lights, a solid door and hard floor and is warmed with a propane space heater. A solar-powered electrified fence surrounds the camp for protection against bears and other wildlife.
Each tent cabin is furnished with two beds. Charging stations for cameras and phones are available in the dining tent. Bathhouses have hot showers and state-of-the-art composting toilets, and each tent also has a nighttime porta-potty for essential needs.
Meals are served in the communal dining tent, which also serves as a space for socializing, guide presentations and topping up your camera batteries. A small library is available in the shared tent, featuring bear-centric titles. Meals are a highlight at Bear Camp, and our resident chef creates impressive dishes drawing extensively on fresh, locally sourced ingredients, including fish and seafood straight out of regional waters.
You will be immersed in the land of the bears from the moment your bush plane touches down on the beach in front of camp. This one-of-a-kind camp in true Alaska wilderness awaits adventurers like you!
All photos © Court Whelan